Georgetown cleaned up on local rowing competition yesterday, but Hoya men's Coach Jay Forster was quick to note the significance of the annual Cadle Cup Regatta at Thompson's Water Sports Center.
"Everybody's looking toward next week and the Vails," Forster said of the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. "It just happens we're looking at it a little harder than the others because we're a little stronger.
"We've been coming up a little stronger recently and, with 10 boats entered, we should do pretty well in the Vail point standings."
Georgetown, which captured six of the seven races, retained the Cadle Cup, accumulating 51 points to 21 for its nearest rival, Washington College. c
The Hoyas were prevented from completing a sweep when the Georgetown eight in the junior varsity race, leading by a length, caught a mammoth crab that not only stopped the boat in the water, but veered it in into GW's path, allowing the third-place Washington crew to win easily.
Georgetown won both varsity events in open water. The men jumped off striking 40-41 times per minute to take a quick lead, before settling at 33-34 to take a comfortable one-length lead well before the midpoint of the 2,000-meter race. The Hoyas raised the rating to 36-37 for the final 500 meters in response to a late move by GW, which was nipped for second by Washington, one length behind Georgetown.
The Hoya women started at 44 strokes per minute and took a quick four-stroke lead over Navy. The Hoyas settled at 36 and were ahead by a length after 500 meters. Navy, which made a brief move before the 1,000-meter mark, challenged again with 500 meters to go, but Georgetown brought the rating up to 38 and easily sprinted first to the finish line.
In the most exciting race of the day, the Hoya lightweights sprinted in the final 200 meters to defeat the lightweights from Potomac Boat Club.
There was more excitement in the Potomac Boat Club building, where a party was going on, then there was in the races of the disorganized National Women's Rowing Association Regional Regatta. The featured open-eights race was eventually canceled when Georgetown's varsity, tired of its 90-minute wait at the starting line because of administrative delays, withdrew, leaving Potomac Boat Club as the only entry. T. C. Williams High School, the other entrant in the race, didn't appear.
Washington College's varsity easily beat Georgetown's JV in the collegiate race, with GW's varsity another half-length back.